SURFSIDE Waves took two of the top league individual honours for the season. Veteran striker Nick Hargreaves managed to snare the league’s golden boot having only played half the season after knee surgery - but kicking 16 goals goals when once fit.
Also in the honours was John Black who managed to win best and fairest in both under 17 and Division 3 seniors.
Grand final versus Lara
IN perfect conditions at Myers Reserve, Surfside Waves Division 3 men met Lara in the Grand Final.
Surfside were missing a couple of players, but seasoned coach Andy Hedges selected the same squad that had already lifted the Division 3 League Championship Cup. Lara, already beaten on both occasions when met by Surfside this season, fielded their State League squad, relegating several of their regular players to the spectators area.
Despite this, Surfside started well and were matching their State League opponents for the early period of the game.
Unfortunately Lara scored an early goal, but Surfside rallied, and when winger Steve McGain recieved a pinpoint pass from midfield, he cut inside two defenders to slot the ball past the keeper into the back of the net to equalise. A long ball from the Lara midfield found their striker bearing in on goal, and a last ditch tackle by young defender Shane Hedges was judged by the referee to have made contact with the player resulting in a penalty and a sending off offence.
Lara scored the penalty, leaving Surfside trailing by a goal and down to 10 men.
Despite this disadvantage the remaining Surfside players worked hard to contain the opposition and held them at bay until half time.
After half time, Lara scored an early goal and with Surfside visibly tiring during the second half, Lara managed to stretch their lead to 6-1.
However, Surfside continued fighting through to the end of the game, and shortly before the final whistle were rewarded with another goal with a cooly taken penalty by young gun Isaiah Mujica.
After an amazing season, the Div 3 seniors can be mightily proud of themselves winning the League and still putting up a fair fight against a significantly stronger opposition in the Grand Final.
The under 17 players who stepped up during the season to take their place in the Div 3 side this year can stand tall in the knowledge that they were worth their salt, and their transition to Senior football next year will be a smooth one.
Many thanks to Andy Hedges for producing such a well knit, well rounded, hard working, and courageous team - we are proud to have them as part of Surfside Waves Soccer Club.